I too noticed some time differences of forum users over the Christmas period.
Possibly forum people holidaying on the beach in Australia. Getting up to put that extra large turkey in the oven.Just returned home from that party.Had an argument with the partner. The list can go on.
I remember the days of 'The Lounge', when a number of members (including China!) had discussion's in the wee small hours. I recall one member stating that he had just seen or was observing a magnificent majestic stag from his home location. That conversation broke down the loneliness of those early hours and cold mornings.